Scaffolds and Supports for Teaching Computational Thinking to Neurodiverse Learners

by Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki

This session will report on a range of scaffolds and supports designed to improve access to neurodiverse learners across a range of Computational Thinking (CT) learning activities. This includes supports in online Game-Based Learning (GBL) activities, digital content, and in-person activities for students in grades 3-8. This project entitled: “INFACT: The Inclusion of Neurodiversity in Foundations and Applications of Computational Thinking,” is funded through the US Department of Education’s Education Innovative Research (EIR) program (U411C190179).
A consortium of university and non-profit partners are working with TERC for the design, development, implementation, and research of a comprehensive set of teaching and learning materials for grades 3-8. These materials embed Executive Function (EF) supports for neurodiverse and other struggling learners using CT learning activities. Attendees will learn about the content developed by this project and will receive guidance on ways to develop similar supports for related learning activities.

Poster/Demo link.